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Our passion at Faith Community Bible Church (FCBC) is to glorify Jesus Christ through hearing His Word preached, singing, loving one another, and training others to reach the present and next generation.

Enjoy time with us as we endeavor to be God-centered in our focus, Christ-centered in our substance, and life-changing in our thrust. Join Us In Celebrating Our Lord Jesus Christ and we hope to see you Sunday!

"Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together."

~Psalm 34:3

LIFE Groups

FCBC Young Adult LIFE Group

We meet at various times and places throughout the week to help strengthen the body of Christ. We meet to teach the scriptures, and encourage one another to live their faith. Our groups center around four biblical words…

  • Love – we love each other because Christ first loved us!
  • Instruction – all scripture is God breathed and good for instruction!
  • Fellowship – that brings accountability for our growth!
  • Encouragement – to spur each other on to follow Christ!

If you desire to grow spiritually, come join one of our L.I.F.E. Groups! Come experience the love, growth in understanding of His word, accountability and encouragement to follow Christ!

Sunday Morning LIFE Groups – 9:30AM

Dr. Bob Nelson’s leads our LIFE Group and meets in room #4 at 9:30am.

The Mouillesseaux’s leads our Young Adults in room #5 at 9:30am.

Young LIFE Groups – Tuesday 6:30PM (September – June)

Our young adults meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Pastor Tolbert’s. College students are encouraged to join.

Adult LIFE Groups – Thursday 6:00PM (September – June)

We have two Thursday evening LIFE Groups! We meet every Thursday at 6pm (except for the first Thursday of the month Prayer Night). One meets in Atwater at the Wolf’s house and the other meets in Merced at the Cantrell’s. We are doing the same study, but in different locations.

Our History

Atwater Community Bible Church
ACBC 1965

Historically many churches began similar to the early New Testament churches as a group of believers in someone’s home. Atwater Community Bible Church (ACBC) started in a similar way by meeting in someone’s home led by Pastor La Verne Gomez determined to follow God’s Word. Then on July 29, 1964, fourteen members of this body of Christ set a Charter of the Atwater Community Bible Church on 5890 North Winton Way in Atwater. The building was erected with plans to expand as the attendance grew. Pastor Wes Hamilton took over the responsibilities of leadership as God called the former minister to other areas of service. Then in 1971, Pastor Merton Haskell began his service in Atwater leading the body of Christ to follow the Word of God. During this time the church leadership made the decision to start the Atwater Christian School and to accommodate the school two more buildings were added to the church property.

Faith Community Bible Church
FCBC 2017

In 1986, God called Pastor Haskell to further service to Northern California. Associate Pastor Dwight Thompson took over the pulpit responsibilities and became the full time minister to these dedicated believers. Pastor Thompson served the Lord for over thirty years as the minister of the Atwater Community Bible Church. In December 2016, God’s perfect plan to expand His work in Atwater and Winton area by transitioning from two former churches, Faith Bible Church of Merced , and Atwater Community Bible Church of Atwater, to form the new fellowship of Faith Community Bible Church (FCBC). Pastor Tyson Tolbert along with the church elders dedicates themselves to follow the Word of God to be a light in the community.

Men’s Ministry

FCBC Men's Ministry "Men's Blitz"

Our Men’s Ministry at FCBC is dedicated to helping men become the spiritual leaders that God calls them to be. We passionately want to see men “Be strong and prove themselves men” (1 Kings2:2). The guiding principles of the ministry are founded upon God’s word! Through it we learn to encourage each other in fellowship, and service. We share in accountability with each other, and prayer for one another, that all men might be made into disciples of Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Men’s Ministry is made up with men who are following Christ and desire to become the men God wants us to be. We strive to develop and strengthen relationships with other men in order to encourage each other in out walk with Christ. We are dedicated to helping men become servants as modeled by Jesus Christ. A Christ-like man is a servant of God’s church, a servant of his family, and a servant of his community. As Christian men, we know He is the only hope for a lost and dark world and we adhere to words of Jesus, “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations”.

We focus on bringing men together and providing opportunities for them to fellowship, teach, and serve together.

Our “Men’s Fight Club”, a.k.a Men’s Bible Study, meets Saturday morning in room #5 from 7:00am until 8:00am. We are currently studying the letter of James.

Women’s Ministry

Our Women's Ministry begins Wednesday morning at 10am at Faith Community Bible Church; Atwater California.
Women's Ministry

Our Women’s Ministry Team is centered on God’s Word for the spiritual growth and development of women in the church. They will work to Equip women to enrich the lives of other women and their families through Christ. To Enable a woman to discover her God-given gifts for ministry. To Lead women to accept Christ as Lord and to become women of deep prayer and study of the Bible, so they may base their lives on the Word of God.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • To carry out Faith Community’s purpose of seeing unbelieving people become committed followers of Jesus as it pertains to women
  • To help women accepted when they join the church
  • To open the door to meaningful relationships
  • To encourage women to discover, develop and use their spiritual gifts

Our Women’s Bible Study meets at the church in room #5 every Wednesday morning at 10:00am until 11:30am. Current study: “Trusting God” by Jerry Bridges; led by Anna Kazmierski.